UpGraded Longevity

Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion

Here’s another one for the “so, what’s your excuse” category. Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion, age 88, the mayor of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. Her record is modest. She’s only been mayor for 31 years. She only gets elected by 92% of the vote. Oh, and while every government body known to man or woman is…

Bodybuilding At Age 93

Dr. Charles Eugster

This is a very inspirational Ted Talk by Dr. Charles Eugster, age 93, who is billed as the “world’s fittest nonegenarian” and is the world’s oldest competitive oarsman and bodybuilder.  It’s well worth your time to watch and listen. To read more about Dr. Eugster, visit his website.

The Amazing Stephen Jepson

Need a little inspiration to get you started down the right path, and maybe even help you quit whining about being too old to start? Watch this video with the amazing Stephen Jepson:

Want to Live to Be 100? (Advantage – Women)

We Upgrading Seniors aspire to live long and well, and age 100 certainly is a milestone in the aging game.  Depending on your gender, there’s good news, or bad news. According to the 2010 United States census report, 82.8% of centenarians living in the United States are female. Right now it appears that the odds…

How To Treat Heart Disease?

A 2009 issue of The Lancet reported on a meta-analysis which reviewed 61 trials involving over 25,000 patients.  They compared angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment at all or just medication.  What was the finding? The findings of the analysis indicated that  angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease “did not produce detectable…

Save A Life (Maybe Your Own!)

How many of you Upgrading Seniors are aware that there is a “new and improved” CPR technique that is: Easier to learn than the old CPR More effective than the old CPR Doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Doubles the chances of survival for someone suffering from cardiac arrest Doesn’t that sound like something all of us…

Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death! (Really?)

OK, Upgraders.  Time for a little rant.  That was the headline on a prominent health/science related website I was reading this morning.  Let’s look at that again: “Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death.” Holy Upgrading Senior, Martha! Pass the Broccoli! I have toyed around with a vegetarian diet.  In fact, I was one…

Reading List: Blue Zones – How To Live Longer

Two books I have read recently are Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer by Dr. Jonny Bowden. Briefly, Blue Zones reports Buettner’s findings after studying the longest lived people on earth.  He condensed his findings down to nine factors that are common among these long-lived people.  “Blue Zones”…

Longevity – What Are Your Odds

For the geeks among us that like to study statistics, or the gamblers among us who want to know the odds, let’s talk about what your statistical chances of living a long life are. In the 20th century, the average life span increased an amazing 57%, from 49 in 1901 to 77 by the end…

February Is American Heart Month

That’s right, Upgrading Seniors, this month in America the focus is on heart health.  This is American Heart Month and to honor the occasion yours truly published an article here on UpgradedSenior.Com in which I revealed the “5 Secrets To Avoid Heart Disease.” These 5 tips can potentially reduce your risk of heart disease by…

Are Boomers Really Healthier?

OK, Upgraded Seniors.  Here’s a study that we really need to take note of.  I don’t know about you, but I have always assumed that the Boomer generation, in general, was a more health conscious and, indeed, healthier, generation that the one that preceded it. Well, not so fast, Mr. and Ms. Fitness!